Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

Jun 20, 2015

Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

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It is just after sunset and hundreds of people have gathered around the docking bays of Minamiboso on the southern edge of Chiba Prefecture. As men bang away on taiko drums, dozens of women emerge from a hilltop shrine. Dressed head-to-toe in white outfits ...

Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

Jun 13, 2015

Above and below the Yamaguchi plains

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Three meters above my head, the rectangular offering box of Motonosumi Inari Shrine seems impossibly out of my reach. For the 23rd time, I wind back my arm and attempt to lob my chosen donation between the narrow slats. For the 23rd time, the ...

Carriages that carried kings get new Lisbon home

Jun 13, 2015

Carriages that carried kings get new Lisbon home

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One of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions has a new home for its 110th birthday. However, what’s on display inside has been turning heads for centuries. The National Coach Museum, which offers a glimpse of the fabulous wealth Portugal possessed during the days of ...

War and peace on Okinawa's Iejima Island

Jun 6, 2015

War and peace on Okinawa's Iejima Island

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Beside their coastlines, there are other insistent geographical features that identify islands. In Okinawa, there is the great escarpment of Tindahanata on Yonaguni-jima Island, while Ishigaki Island has the strangely occult form of Mount Maapee, shaped like a sorcerer’s hat. Iejima Island is defined ...

Oahu's Waimanalo Beach tops U.S. ranking

Jun 6, 2015

Oahu's Waimanalo Beach tops U.S. ranking

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As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay’s powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the turquoise water. On May 21, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was ...

Replica of razed Chinese palace created

May 30, 2015

Replica of razed Chinese palace created

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China already has its own copies of London’s Tower Bridge and the Eiffel Tower. Now a life-sized model by a film studio of one of the country’s own historical attractions — the Old Summer Palace — has ruffled the bosses of the original garden ...